Giants eyeing Monday for Sandoval's return

Giants eyeing Monday for Sandoval's return

Giants eyeing Monday for Sandoval's return
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval began his rehab assignment with Class A San Jose on Friday night, and manager Bruce Bochy said that if all goes as planned, the All-Star third baseman could rejoin the team Monday to begin the three-game series against the Nationals.

"We'll see how it goes," Bochy said Friday. "He's playing five innings today in San Jose, and if all goes well, then we'll push it to seven. So possibly it could be Monday, but we'll have to evaluate him after tonight's game and tomorrow's game."

Sandoval went 0-for-2 with no defensive chances in five innings at third base on Friday. He has been sidelined since July 25 with a strained left hamstring, which he injured while playing first base. He had been traveling with the team on its recent seven-game road trip before heading to San Jose on Friday.

"I will say that before he went down today, he looked good in St. Louis running the bases," Bochy said. "We checked off every box with him as far as getting him ready to play. Anytime you have an injury, you have to make sure they're ready. Ideally if all goes well, Monday he'll be ready."